PREMIER LEAGUE: Maximum points as West Ham mark PL return with win over Villa

Sam Allardyce has guided West Ham United to a narrow 1-0 victory over Aston Villa to get their return to the Premier League underway.

The Hammers were the recipients of a controversial goal in the 40th minute when Kevin Nolan turned home Ricardo Vaz Te’s low cross with the assistant referee initially adjudging the Portuguese winger offside before changing his mind.

Referee Mike Dean let the goal stand which ended up being enough for West Ham to record all three points against a Villa side, who under Paul Lambert, dominated possession but could not make that count on the scoresheet.

West Ham United: 1 (Kevin Nolan 40’)
Aston Villa: 0

Upton Park, London – 34,172

Yellow cards: WHU - nil
AV - Ciaran Clark 39’

Match notes: - Paul Lambert (first match in charge of AV), Jussi Jaaskelainen (WHU debut), Guy Demel (Premier League debut), Mo Diame (WHU debut), Ron Vlaar, Matthew Lowton, Brett Holman, Karim El Ahmadi (AV & Premier League debut), Modibo Maiga (WHU & Premier League debut)

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